100 FINDS IN 100 DAYS: #39  Victorian La Valliere Tin

100 FINDS IN 100 DAYS: #39 Victorian La Valliere Tin

In this series, we have selected 100 metal detecting finds that were extremely difficult to detect and recover, and provide details on the circumstances and techniques that contributed to their successful recovery.

KEEPER:  This is my favorite of all makeup tins I’ve ever found.  It is a tin made in New Orleans with an image of Louis de La Valliere and Louis XIV.  New Orleans is probably my favorite city in the world.

Louise de La Vallière was a mistress of Louis XIV of France from 1661 to 1667. She later became the Duchess of La Vallière and Duchess of Vaujours in her own right. Unlike her rival, Madame de Montespan, she has no surviving descendants.

SITE:  Old house site along a road that was a stagecoach route from New Orleans through Mississippi.

SITE EVALUATION: 6 of 10  Kind of disappointing except for this find.  Did manage a couple of silvers, but nothing too awfully old.

PERMISSION:  Property owner I went to church with


Near the Road:  Especially when you are on an old road, it is often worth fighting the trash for some cool finds.  I like to think a beautiful girl tossed this, empty, from a fast moving stagecoach sometime in the late 1800s, and there it lay until I dug it up.

Persistence to Convert:   This site was too good not to have a good relic from, and I found this on about my third or fourth trip to the site.  Sometimes its best to move on when you feel a site is not productive, and use such sites as a fallback on a day your are not having any luck, and this was just such a day.


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